This year the annual Recruiter Awards were held at the luxurious Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, London. The awards are the UK’s largest event for the entire recruitment community, recognising outstanding achievements by agencies and in-house recruiters alike.

ENG were thrilled to not only be invited this year, but to also be shortlisted in one of the most prestigious categories of the night – ‘Agency Recruitment Leader of the Year’.

Our Managing Director, Matt Ellis, was nominated this year for the accolade honouring the best senior (chairman, C-level or managing director) recruitment leader within a recruitment agency. Out of the whole of the UK, Matt was one of only eight final professionals shortlisted as the very best in the industry. The winner of this award will have made the most significant influence on the profession, their recruitment business, the industry and demonstrated exemplary leadership.

We arrived in London in high spirits, looking forward to an evening of fine food, wine and company to celebrate the year of successes. We knew whether Matt won or not, just being shortlisted was an incredible achievement and we were all incredibly proud to represent ENG, all of our Superbrands, and West Midlands recruiters as a whole. The black-tie gala was held in the Great Room, an impressive venue holding thousands of recruiters and recruitment providers from across the UK and beyond.

The award show was hosted by comedian Henning Wehn, and was opened with a ‘welcome’ from Recruiter Magazine editor DeeDee Doke. The night included an impressive 31 awards, as well as the new ‘Recruiter Impact Award’ presented to the most pioneering recruiter/entrepreneur who has made a significant, long-term and sustainable impact on the recruitment industry.

Unfortunately we didn’t walk away with the top prize, but we were delighted to be shortlisted and invited to be part of such a prestigious event. This was the first time ENG has been nominated in any category, but we are sure it won’t be the last! Matt and the team had a fantastic evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, and thank everybody involved in making it such a brilliant event. We can’t wait to come back next year in 2018 to celebrate once more with the best of the best recruiters from across the globe.

Matt wasn’t disheartened by falling just short of winning the title of ‘Agency Recruitment Leader of the Year’, and addressed Network House the next day with the following…

“It was an honour and privilege to represent the business in this prestigious category at our first time of entering. A leader is nothing without the team around them and we without doubt have one of the best teams in the industry.

Aristotle famously said “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, and I echo that this morning as a proud part Executive Network Group.”

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